New York Times Best to Selling Author, Sally Bedell Smith, to speak at Professional Women’s Leadership Luncheon on September 21

New York Times Best to Selling Author, Sally Bedell Smith, to speak at Professional Women’s Leadership Luncheon on September 21

HAMPTON ROADS, VA — The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Professional Women’s Leadership Luncheon on Friday, September 21 at 11:45am at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel and Conference Center.  The luncheon will feature guest speaker Sally Bedell, New York Times best selling author, who will discuss the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee marking 60 years on the throne.

Smith will have a lively discussion with WTKR News Channel 3 anchor, Barbara Ciara, on the British monarchy, based on her latest book, "Elizabeth the Queen, The Life of a Modern Monarch."  The author was given unprecedented access to Queen Elizabeth, II, as she did research for her book.  Attendees will hear facts about the Queen, her family, and her entourage, that few have previously known. Smith will also report on her recent trip to England, where she participated in the celebrations of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  This will be a fun, interesting and informative program providing you with a greater understanding of the British respect for governance under a constitutional monarchy, and their devotion to their Queen.

Smith is an American historian and best-selling author, specializing in the British royal family and American presidents.  Smith began her career at Time magazine and has since worked at TV Guide and The New York Times, where she was a cultural-news reporter.  She joined Vanity Fair as a contributing editor in 1996. She was awarded a Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for magazine reporting in 1982 and was a fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in 1986. She received her B.A. from Wheaton College and her M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Luncheon registration begins at 11:15am, followed by lunch and program from 11:45am-1pm.  Tickets are $30 per person.  To attend, visit or call Sharon Dail at 757-664-2501.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its nearly 2,000 member businesses, which employ 280,000 men and women in southeastern Virginia.  The Chamber promotes Hampton Roads’ healthy business climate through economic development, public policy initiatives, services and benefits to members.  The Chamber is dedicated to creating economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life in Hampton R

Please contact Lisa Jones at 757-664-2531 or if you would like to attend and cover this event.


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